Daniel D. Williamson
March 22, 1950 – January 25, 2021
Retired Captain Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department
Survived by parents, Leaster and Irene Williamson; children, Danielle Williamson (Tony Eeman), Grant (Alison) Williamson; grandchildren, Bryden, Kayson, Evelyn and Amelia; brother, Charlie Williamson (Diane); sister, Susan Williamson-Erickson (Lowell Aspegren); and the love of his life, Susan Wallace.
Family will receive friends Friday, January 29th from 5-7PM at West Center Chapel.
The family suggests memorials to the Autistic Children of Omaha, c/o Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 202 South 20th Street, Omaha, Ne 68102
Dan was born in Great Falls, Montana to Leaster and Irene Williamson, a military family. He lived in numerous places around the world while growing up. As the older brother in a military family, he was very protected of all family. His favorite place as a child was Montana where he became a boy scout and learned from his father how to fish and hunt. In 1963 the family moved to Bellevue and he stayed in Nebraska for the rest of his life. He loved the state and the people he was associated with. He attended Bellevue Junior and Senior High Schools where he excelled at all sports, but his favorite was football. His junior and senior year he played varsity football when Bellevue was a powerhouse and co-state champions. He attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the FBI Academy.
He worked for the Omaha police department but the majority of his career was serving at Sarpy County Sheriff’s office where he became a legend as “Captain Dan”. He loved being in law enforcement. His work on the Sarpy County jail, Pat Thomas Juvenile Center and the Sarpy County Sheriff’s office will be part of his legacy. Dan loved being a police officer and protecting people. He received numerous awards for his professionalism: The 1979 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year; in 1983 he was selected and graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia; and received the 1984 Michael Elman Award from the Fraternal Order of Police. His calm demeanor made him easy to love and the friends he made lasted a lifetime. Over the years Captain Dan shared numerous experiences as a deputy that would keep us laughing for hours.
Family was important to Dan. He raised two great children, Grant and Danielle and was blessed with four grandchildren, all of which who still live in Nebraska. One of his great joys was teaching his son to hunt and fish. His mother and father who he loved, moved to warmer weather and now reside in Florida. After making Captain, Dan always enjoyed reminding his father that he out ranked a Chief Master Sergeant in the Air Force.
Since retirement he settled down with as he put it; the love of his life Susan Wallace. Moved to Waterloo, Nebraska and welcomed his retirement as a kept man with Susan living on the Elkhorn river. Dan experienced a new zest for life with Susan and they made a great team. Dan loved to golf, but did golf love Dan? While he excelled at everything in life, golf wasn’t one of them. But he loved sports and golf as much as being a deputy sheriff. His later hobby became cooking gourmet food and smoking meats for Susan and the neighbors.
As Danny became ill, he fought it with all the energy and zest that he had experienced in life. Susan with her heart of gold and his family were given the honor to be there for him by his bedside and help him towards his next journey in life. We are blessed to have had the honor to call him a son, brother, father, partner and friend. He gave with open arms and heart to all that needed him. He has touched our lives. We will miss him.